By Alan Hutton

22nd Jul, 2021 | 6:00pm

Gerrard may pull Middleton U-turn after what I've seen in Rangers pre-season - Hutton

Alan Hutton has suggested Rangers could keep Glenn Middleton around as part of the first-team squad after his pre-season displays.

The former Ibrox star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Steven Gerrard may be having second thoughts about letting the winger leave on loan.

The 21-year-old has featured in all of Rangers’ pre-season games so far, including coming off the bench at left-back versus Arsenal.

The Scottish Sun reported in late June the Gers had agreed to send Middleton back on loan to St Johnstone for the upcoming campaign.

He spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign at McDiarmid Park and helped his loan side win the Scottish Cup. 

However, Hutton has suggested the winger had caught Gerrard’s eye with his pre-season performances.

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As such, he claimed Rangers could pull a U-turn on letting him go.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He had an excellent end to the season at St Johnstone. Winning the trophy and stuff was brilliant.

“He’s come on, whether it be at left-back or further up the pitch, and he is contributing. His deliveries from set-pieces are causing problems.

“He looks in a good place at the moment. I think confidence is massive in football. Off the back of a good season, he’s rolling that on into the new one.

“He knows this opportunity for him to go and shine in pre-season. I think he’s done really well up to this moment and it seems like Gerrard is using him more and more.

“Hopefully he’ll get an opportunity moving forward. This is the moment where Gerrard will be keeping a close eye on him. He’ll be trying to figure out what he wants to do with him moving forward.

“Is it better for him to go out on loan and keep improving? Or does he want to keep him within the squad? It’s a big decision he’ll have to make.”

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